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Isinbayeva says she may have been 'misunderstood'

August 16. 2013 5:37AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva says she may have been "misunderstood" when she made comments condemning homosexuality.

On Friday, the two-time Olympic gold medalist appeared to back off her comments at the world championships.

She says "English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday. What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests."

On Thursday, Isinbayeva backed Russia's new anti-gay law and also criticized two competitors for their rainbow-colored fingernails in support of gay rights.

Isinbayeva says "I respect the views of my fellow athletes and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people."

Associated Press

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